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Re: PDF remediation


From: Sean Keegan
Date: Oct 22, 2017 12:26PM

Hey Denis,

> In your experience, how good is it at turning an inaccessible PDF into
one we
> would consider accessible, or at least WCAG 2.0 AA compliant? If you ran
> made accessible with Equidox, would it pass the Acrobat accessibility
> checker, or PAC2?

Overall, it does a good job with most types of PDF documents. There have
been one or two issues with how background images and text are recognized
with PDFs originating from Adobe Illustrator, but these seem to have been
outlier issues. One thing I do like about the tool is a "sensitivity"
slider that sets a zone for the content. By moving the sensitivity slider,
you can quickly change the regions and zones on the page to include or
exclude text content. Another feature that works (mostly) is a Preview
option that provides a linearized view of the page content. That helps
identify where the logical structure of the page is incorrect.

Yes - you can use Equidox to create PDFs that pass the Acrobat
accessibility checker. After making corrections in Equidox, I generally run
the PDF through the Acrobat accessibility checker to perform a quick
verification of my edits. So far, the checker only reports the need to
perform the manual tests. I have not tested with PAC2.

I am encountering some issues with PDFs created from PowerPoint in that all
images were being recognized, including those that were intended as
background content. I suspect these background images were just dropped
into the slides and not managed via the Master template. Their development
team has been very responsive, so I don't expect this to be a problem going

Take care,